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270 William and Mary College Quarterly. 

THE TABB FAMILY. 

(Continued from page 173.) 

Corrections and Additions to Last Installment. 

59 John Yelverton Tabb lived at Goshen, near Petersburg, and 
had issue: (1) Harriet, married Eobert C. Jones, of "Idlewild," 
Gloucester county, and (2) Thomas Yelverton Tabb, who mar- 
ried Mariana Archer and had issue : Col. William Tabb ; John, 
the poet priest; Yelverton, who left several daughters and one 
son, and Harriet Tabb, who died unmarried at the "Forest" (see 
Quarterly, pp. 127, 168). On page 174, fifteenth line from 
top, "Mrs. John Lightfoot, nee Harriet LigMfoot," should be 
Mrs. John Lightfoot, nee Harriet Field. 

Descendants of 51 William* Tabb. 

51 William 4 Tabb (John 3 , Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ) was born 
February 25, 1702, and lived in Gloucester county, in that part 
now known as Mathews county ; vestryman in Kingston Parish ; 
married, September 30, 1732, Susannah Gould, born February 
23, 1717, died at an advanced age at the home of her son, George 
Tabb, "Green Valley," near Martinsburg, Berkeley county. 
Issue: 157 Mary 5 Tabb, b. July 8, 1733, married John Mayo, 
of Powhatan, near Richmond; 158 John Tabb, b. December 13, 
1734; 159 Dorothy Tabb, b. January 21, 1736; 160 Robert 
Tall, b. January 23, 1737 ; 161 Thomas Tabb, b. June 19, 1742 ; 
162 Martha, b. March 8, 1744, married Joseph Mayo; 163 Wil- 
liam Tabb, b. November 9, 1745 ; 164 Edward Tabb, b. Septem- 
ber 28, 1748, died 1813 ; 165 George Tabb, b. November 14, 1750, 
d. August 1829; 166 Frances Tabb, b. July 29, 1753, m. Mr. 
Todd, of Gloucester. 

160 Robert 5 Tabb (William 4 , John 3 , Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ) 
married Elizabeth Elliott, of Gloucester county, and died Sep- 
tember 11, 1775. She married, secondly, Capt. James Kearney, 
by whom she had two sons, James and William Kearney. Issue 
of Robert Tabb and Elizabeth Elliott, his wife: 167 Robert went 
to Kentucky; 168 William, who had five daughters; 169 Thomas; 
170 Elizabeth, m. Col. John White, of Shepherdstown, W. Va., 
and had issue: a daughter Ann, who d. s. p.; 171 Mary, m. 
Samuel Hedges and had issue : William, Samuel, Jonas, Enoch, 



The Tabb Family. 271 

SeatoB Elliott, and a daughter, who married a Mr. Miller and 
moved to Illinois ; 172 Susan, m. Mr. Kearney, and had Elizabeth 
and Susan, who were styled "the belles of Berkeley" ; 173 Frances, 
m. first, Mr. Turner and had issue: Thomas, Eobert and Hil- 
lery; m. second, Mr. Kearney. 

169 Thomas 6 Tabb (Robert 5 , William 4 , John 3 , Thomas 2 , 
Humphrey 1 ) resided in Shepherdstown, and married first Eliza- 
beth Van Metre, daughter of Jacob and Isabella (Evans) Van 
Metre. They had issue: 174 Isabella; 175 Elizabeth; 176 
James; 177 Jacob, m. Susan Jackson. Thomas 6 Tabb married 
secondly Mary Van Metre. Issue: 178 Nancy; 179 Mary; 180 
Nathan; 181 John; 182 Martha; 183 Susan. 

163 William 5 Tabb (William 4 , John 3 , Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ) 
married Joanna Tompkins. She married secondly, at the age 
of twenty-four, Kempe P. Elliott, of York county, Va., who died 
about 1836. Issue of William Tabb and Joanna his wife : 184 
Eobert, had issue William, a Baptist minister, and other chil- 
dren; 185 Susan Tabb; 186 John Leland Tabb; 187 William 
Tabb. 

186 Capt. John Leland 6 Tabb (William 5 , William 4 , John 3 , 
Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ) married Elizabeth Shepherd, daughter of 
Thomas Shepherd and granddaughter of Thomas Shepherd, the 
founder of Shepherdstown. He was raised by his uncle, Edward 
Tabb, on his plantation, "Rural Hill," in Berkeley county. Cap- 
tain Tabb died July 14, 1839, and his wife, Elizabeth, died 
October, 1804. Issue: 188 Elizabeth, born October 11, 1804; 
died October 14, 1863; married, January 23, 1823, Nathaniel 
Mitchell, of Mitchell's Garden, in Dorchester county, Md., who 
was a soldier in the war of 1812. They went to New Lisbon, 
Ohio. Issue: (1) John Leland Tabb Mitchell (born November 
24, 1823; died December 11, 1879), married Caroline Smith, 
and left two children, Catherine and Edward Mitchell, living in 
California; (2) Charles Henry Mitchell, born August 18, 1827, 
still unmarried in California; (3) Edward Lee Mitchell, died 
infant; (4) Virginia Lelia Mitchell, born October 20, 1831, 
died May 27, 1888, married Col. Charles Benjamin Stephens^ 
C. S. A.; (5) Elizabeth Ruth Mitchell (born July 26, 1834, 
'died August 11, 1885, married Judge Oliver H. P. Shiras) ; 
(6) William Kempe Mitchell (born October 29, 1836, died April 



272 William and Mary College Quarterly. 

24, 1881), married Mary Harris, and left three children, Wil- 
liam Kempe, Virginia and Alice, who married Lewis Dorsey, all 
living in California; (7) Ellen Jane Mitchell, born March 17,, 
1839, never married; (8) Anna Harriet (born December 15, 
1841, died March 16, 1900), married Frederick Doolittle, and 
left sons Oliver and Carl and daughters Elizabeth and Frances 
living in Chicago; (9) James Lee Mitchell, married, but left 
no issue. 

187 William 6 Tabb (William 5 , William 4 , John 3 , Thomas 2 , 
Humphrey 1 ), born in Gloucester county, but his father died 
when he was a boy, and he was raised by his guardian and uncle, 
Edward Tabb, at "Rural Hill," in Berkeley. When grown he 
went to York county and died there. He had six children, mar- 
ried and had issue: 189 Elizabeth Tabb, married Na- 
thaniel Taylor, of Yorktown, and had daughter Virginia, who 
married Mallory Bates, member of Virginia Legislature in 1857 ; 
190 John Tabb; 191 Edward Tabb, moved to Gloucester 
county: 192 Mary, married George M. Bates, whose son by a 
first marriage Mallory had married Elizabeth (Tabb) Taylor's 
daughter. 

190 John 7 Tabb (William 6 , William 5 , William 4 , John 3 , 
Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ) married Malvina Keaton, who, being left 
a widow, married George Elliott, an officer in the United States 
navy. John Tabb resided at "Afton House," near Hampton. 
Issue: 193 Thomas Tabb; 194 William. 

193 Colonel Thomas 8 Tabb (John 7 , William 6 , Wil- 
liam 5 , William 4 , John 3 , Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ), was an eminent 
lawyer of Hampton, Va. He married Virginia Jones, and had 
issue: 195 Lucy, married Robert I. Mason, of Hampton; 19G 
Eliza, deceased; 197 Malvina; 198 Paul. 

19-1 William 8 Tabb (John 7 , William 8 , William 5 , William 4 , 
John 3 , Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ) married, first, Mary Amidon, of 
Washington, D. C Issue: 199 Mazie Tabb, deceased; 200 Wil- 
liam Tabb. He married, second, Jane West, of Baltimore, and 
had issue: 201 Katherine Tabb, deceased, married James Bick- 
ford; 202 Christopher Tabb. 

164 Edward 5 Tabb (William 4 , John 3 , Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ) 
died 1813. Moved from Gloucester to Berkeley county, and en- 
tered Continental army as a citizen of Berkeley and member of 



The Tabb Family. 273 

Capt. Hugh Stephenson's company. He lived at "Kural Hill," 
five miles northwest of Martinsburg. Dying childless, he willed 
his estate to his three nephews, John Leland Tabb and William 
Tabb, to whom he was guardian, and to Edward Tabb, eldest 
son of his brother George. His will is dated September 9, 1795. 

165 George 5 Tabb (William*, John 3 , Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ) 
was a Baptist preacher, a soldier in the Continental army, and 
â– died at Green Valley, in Berkeley county, August 1, 1829. Mar- 
ried, first, Anne White, sister of Judge Robert White, of Win- 
chester, first judge of that circuit. Issue: 203 Frances Tabb, 
born May 15, 1778 ; 204 Edward, born February 6, 1780, moved 
to Kentucky; 205 George, born February 4, 1782, died August, 
1794; 206 John Tabb, born October 2, 1785, died December 14, 
1847; 207 Anna Tabb, married John Patterson; 208 Alexander, 
born September 13, 1792, died infant; 209 George. He mar- 
ried, second, Anne Eliason, of Maryland. Issue: 210 Bailey, 
born December 6, 1798; 211 Seaton Elliott, born December 2, 
1800, died August 29, 1878, unmarried; 212 Mary; 213 Su- 
sannah, died infant; 214 Eliza, born February 7, 1808, married 
Andrew Mclntire; 215 Mildred, born September 28, 1810, mar- 
ried David Noble; 216 Harriet Ann, born December 7, 1813, 
married Eev. Lewis F. Wilson, of Falling Waters Church, and 
had two sons and daughter. 

206 John 6 Tabb (George 5 , William*, John 3 , Thomas 2 , 
Humphrey 1 ) died December 14, 1847. He and his wife are 
buried at Falling Waters Church, Berkeley county; married 
Arabella Turner (born March 13, 1789, died October 9, 1863). 
Issue: 217 Edivard Franklin, born October 20, 1808; 218 Mary 
E., born November 1, 1810, married A. R. Janney; 219 Emily 
A., born September 15, 1813, died 1838, unmarried; 220 George 
Washington, born February 28, 1816; 221 Elizabeth S. Tabb, 
born February 25, 1819 ; 222 John Turner Tabb, born December 
27, 1820, died September 11, 1860; 223 Hanson Noble Tabb, 
born March 22, 1823 ; 224 R. Elliott White Tabb, born May 24, 
1825; married Lucy Snodgrass; 225 Arabella Ellen Tabb, born 
December 14, 1827, married William Snodgrass; 226 Mathew W. 
Tabb, born December 4, 1829, died July, 1892, unmarried ; 227 
Dorcas Mitchell Tabb, born February 6, 1832, married James 
Ijams; 228 Elizabeth Brown Tabb, born February 6, 1832, mar- 



274 William and Maey College Quarterly. 

ried George P. Morrison ; 229 Virginia Walker Tabb, born May 
14, 1834, married Thomas Tongue, of Maryland, and had six 
children. 

217 Edwaed Franklin 7 Tabb (John 6 , George 5 , William 4 , 
John 3 , Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ), born October 20, 1808, married 
Kitty Ann Cunningham. Issue: 230 John William Tabb; 231 
Nancy Tucker Tabb; 232 Emily A. Tabb, died 1894; 233 Ed- 
ward Walker Tabb, lives unmarried in Martinsburg; 234 James 
0. Tabb, died young. 

230 John William 8 Tabb (Edward Franklin 7 , John", 
George 5 , William 4 , John 3 , Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ) married 
Mary A. McKown, of Virginia, Issue : 235 Edward L. ; 236 Wil- 
liam E.; 237 E. C. Tabb; 238 F. A. Tabb; 239 Anna Tabb; 
240 Emma Tabb ; 241 Mabel Tabb ; 242 Edith Tabb. 

220 George Washington 7 Tabb (John 6 , George 5 , William 4 , 
John 3 , Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ) married Mary Wilson, and had 
issue: 243 Mary Park; 244 Laura Virginia; 245 Cornelia; 
246 Willis. 

223 Hanson Noble 7 Tabb (John 6 , George 5 , William 4 , John 3 , 
Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ) married Maud Juliet White, and had 
issue: 247 John Baker Tabb; 248 Louisa Tapscott Tabb, mar- 
ried John Hall; 249 Horace Tabb; 250 Hanson Noble Tabb; 
251 Juliet O. Tabb; 252 Mary Elizabeth Tabb. 

209 George 6 Tabb (George 5 , William 4 , John 3 , Thomas 2 , 
Humphrey 1 ), born November 6, 1794; married, second, Mies 
Long, by whom no issue; married, first, Miss Porterfield, and 
had 253 Martha Tabb, married Mr. Machin; 254 Ann Tabb, 
married Samuel Light, issue: four sons and one daughter; 255 
Louisa Tabb, married Prof. Nelson; 256 Lucy Tabb, married 
Dr. Harrison; 257 Edith Tabb, married William Walker; 258 
Hamilton, died unmarried. 

210 Bailey 6 Tabb, brother of the next above George 6 Tabb, 
married Sarah Campbell, and had issue: 261 Elliott Creaton 
Tabb; 260 George Brown Tabb; 261 D. Campbell Tabb; 262 
Peyton Tabb; 263 Harlan Tabb; 264 Mary Wilkinson Tabb, 
married John T. Janney. 

212 Mary 6 Tabb, sister of Bailey 6 Tabb, born March 25, 1803 ; 
married, April, 1820, George Porterfield, of Berkeley county, 
W. Va. (born 1798, died April, 1827). Issue: 265 George Alex- 
ander and 266 Anne. 



The Tabb Family. 275 

265 George Alexander Porterfield (born November 24, 
1822), married, July 10, 1849, at Warm Springs, Emily Terrill 
(sister of Gen. William R. Terrill, IT. S. A., Gen. James Barbour 
Terrill, C. S. A., and Lieut. Philip Mallory Terrill, all killed in 
the war between the States). He was born July 10, 1832, at 
Covington, Va. He was an officer in the Virginia regiment 
during the Mexican War, and colonel in the Confederate service, 
graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, and a member of 
the Aztec Club of 1847, and lives at Charlestown, W. Va. Issue : 
(1) William Terrill Porterfield, born December 7, 1850, died 
August 7, 1862; (2) Elizabeth Morton Porterfield, born April 
23, 1853 ; married, October 2, 1877, Henry Harrison Cooke, of 
Jefferson county, W. Va. Issue : Emily Terrill Cooke, who mar- 
ried Harold Norton Eldridge, of Maine, and Edward Esten 
Cooke, who married Hannah Washington Alexander. (3) John 
Porterfield, born March 15, 1855, married August 8, 1876, Annie 
Green (daughter of the late Judge Thomas C. Green, of Su- 
preme Court of West Virginia). Issue: John Terrill Porter- 
field, of Charlestown, W. Va., a graduate of the University of 
Virginia and a lawyer; Claborne Green Porterfield, , of Charles- 
town; Philip Terrill Porterfield, of Charlestown, and Mary 
McDonald Porterfield, of Charlestown. (4) George Porterfield, 
born August 3, 1857; married Susan Simmons. He is post- 
master of Charlestown, W. Va., and they have issue: George 
Terrill Porterfield, a student at the University of West Virginia ; 
James S. Porterfield and Emily Porterfield. (5) Mary Porter- 
field, born March 20, 1859; married her cousin, William Chase 
Morton (son of the late Hon. Jackson Morton, U. S. Senator 
from Florida). Issue: Elizabeth Jackson Morton. They live 
in Richmond, where Mr. Morton is clerk in the Auditor's office. 
(6) Charles Porterfield, born January 3, 1861; married Kathe- 
rine Knox Taylor. He is a graduate in law of the University 
of Virginia ; lives in Northport, Long Island. Issue : George A., 
Charles, and James Knox Porterfield. (7) Emily Serena Por- 
terfield, born May 3, 1864; married, February 16, 1886, George 
Washington, born at Mount Vernon, Va., July 22, 1858. Issue: 
Richard Blackburn Washington and Louisa Fountaine Washing- 
ton, died in 1898, aged ten years. (8) Kate Seton Porterfield, 
born March 18, 1870; married Judge Thomas J. Mackey, of 
South Carolina. 



276 William and Mary College Quarterly. 

266 Anne 7 Porterfield, daughter of Mary 6 Tabb, married, No- 
vember 28, 1843, at "Green Valley," Magnus Tate Snodgrass, 
born in Berkeley county, April 18, 1814, and died May 6, 1882, 
in Martinsburg, W. Va., where his widow now resides. Issue: 
(1) Alexander Porterfield Snodgrass, born February 22, 1846, 
at Sylvan Grove; married Eobert S. Tuck, who died without 
issue in 1895; (2) William E. Snodgrass, born July 15, 1848, 
at "Sylvan Grove"; (3) George Tabb Snodgrass, born October 
19, 1850, died 1886, in Martinsburg; (4) Magnus A. Snod- 
grass, born June 25, 1853, at "Sylvan Grove," married, first, 
1888, Mary Campbell, of Hopkinsville, Ky. ; second time, June, 
1897, Susan Brown Stribling (granddaughter of the late Rear 
Admiral Cornelius K. Stribling, TJ. S. K). Issue: Ann 9 Por- 
terfield and Cornelius Stribling Snodgrass; (5) Mary Emma 
Snodgrass, born April 14, 1856, unmarried; (6) Eobert Lee 
Snodgrass, born September 30, 1864. 

5 John 3 Tabb (Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ), of Gloucester county, 
named in a suit before the General Court, Edmundson v. Tabb, 
was probably another son of John Tabb and Martha Hand. It 
is stated in this suit that Thomas Allaman, who died in Glouces- 
ter county, March 9, 1706, married twice, and had by a first 
wife a daughter, Judith Allaman, who married Edmundson, and 
had Thomas Edmundson and John Edmundson, both living in 
1753 ; and by a second wife three sons, John, Thomas and Wil- 
liam Allaman. John and Thomas died shortly after their father, 
and William Allaman died in 1732, leaving a son Thomas, and 
a daughter Sarah, who also died without issue, and a widow Ann, 
who married John Tabb, and had issue by him 267 Humphrey 
Toy Tabb and 268 Martha Tabb. John Tabb died in 1743, and 
his wife, Ann, died in 1742, and their children were confided 
to the care of William Tabb, brother of John Tabb, deceased. 
In 1754 John and Thomas Edmundson brought suit against 
William Tabb and his wards for an account of the estate of 
William Allaman. (Chancery suit in Williamsburg, Va.) 

6 William 3 Tabb (Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ) married Elizabeth 
Sclater (daughter of Rev. James Sclater), of Charles Parish, 
York county. She was born November 10, 1688, and they had 
issue: 269 James, died January 10, 1710; 270 John Tabb, born 
March 19, 1710, died August 25, 1713; 271 William, born De- 



The Tabb Family. 277 

cember 30, 1712; 272 Thomas, died January 23, 1725; 273 
Elizabeth, died December 9, 1718. Capt. William 3 Tabb made 
his will in 1721, and names his sons William and Thomas, 
brothers Edward Tabb, John Selater, Merritt Sweeney and Ed- 
mund Sweeney, and the latter's child, Martha Sweeney, two 
sisters-in-law, Martha and Mary Selater. Mary Selater after- 
wards married Col. John Tabb, of Elizabeth City county, nephew 
of 3 William 3 Tabb. It is doubtful whether any of the children 
of Capt. William 3 Tabb left issue. 

7 Edward 3 Tabb (Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ) died December 5, 
1731. He served as captain, justice of York county, and in 
1726 as member of the House of Burgesses. He married Mar- 
garet Heyward or Howard, daughter of Henry Heyward and 
his first wife, Diana. Issue (Charles Parish Register) : 274 
Mary; 275 Henry, bora March 28, 1707, died in 1710; 276 
Martha, born January 24, 1709, died 1725; 277 Diana, died 
infant; 278 John, born March 19, 1710; 279 Edward, born 
1712; 280 Henry, bom January 8, 1716; 281 Diana, born March 
27, 1718; 282 Elizabeth, died infant; 283 Thomas, born Sep- 
tember 5, 1719; 284 John, died infant; 285 Margaret, born 
October 28, 1724; 286 Martha, born December 15, 1726. Capt. 
Edward Tabb's will was proved September 18, 1732, and names 
sons Edward and Thomas Tabb, and daughters Mary, Diana, 
Martha and Margaret, and nephews John Tabb, Thomas Kerby, 
Anthony Robinson and Thomas Tabb. His wife, Margaret Tabb, 
died September 5, 1728. 

279 Edwaed 4 Tabb * (Capt. Edward 3 Tabb), married, first, 
Elizabeth. Issue (Charles Parish Register) ; 287 Mary, born 
1740; 288 John, born January 1, 1741; 289 Elizabeth, born 
December 6, 1743 ; 290 Edward, died November 18, 1751. Cap- 
tain Tabb married, second, Mary , who died March 30, 

1758. 

283 Thomas* Tabb (Edward 3 , Thomas 2 , Humphrey 1 ) mar- 
ried Lockey . Issue: 291 Mary, born 1740; 292 Ed- 
ward, born September 9, 1742; 293 Margaret, born April 4, 

* An Edward Tabb, Jr., was drowned between Norfolk and Hampton 
July 2, 1741. He must have been Capt. Edward Tabb's nephew, the son 
of 4 Thomas 8 Tabb. 



278 William and Maey College Quarterly. 

1744; 294 Ann, born March 6, 1745; 295 John, born December 
31, 1747, died October, 1748; 296 Langhorne, born January 22, 
1749. 

(To be Continued.) 



BOUNDABY OP MAEYLAND. 

According to the charter of Lord Baltimore, granted June 20, 
1632, the western boundary of Maryland is a line drawn due 
north through "the first fountain" of the Potomac to the south- 
ern boundary of Pennsylvania. The southern boundary runs 
from the said "first fountain" along the southern bank of the 
Potomac to Watkins' Point, on the Accomac peninsula, thence 
east to the ocean. The exact determination of these lines was 
a source of long dispute between Maryland and Virginia, and 
there is even now a suit pending between Maryland and West 
Virginia in regard to the position of the "first fountain." The 
Maryland contention is that, as the "Southern Branch" of the 
Potomac runs furthest west, the source of that branch, and not 
of the "Northern Branch," must be the initial point. A decision 
favorable to Maryland would deprive West Virginia of three or 
four counties over which Maryland has never exercised any con- 
trol, and it is not believed that the Supreme Court of the United 
States would countenance any such unnatural transfer. 

In the "battle of the books" waged over this interesting ques- 
tion, one fact in the history of the southern boundary has never 
been disclosed. When Lord Baltimore obtained his charter, the 
shores of the Potomac had been discovered to a point not far 
beyond Piscataway creek, in Maryland, and the constantly east- 
ward trend of the river had somehow occasioned the idea that 
the source of the branch on the western side known as Aquia 
creek was the farthest westward extension. A line drawn from 
the "first fountain" of Aquia creek to the Pennsylvania line 
would greatly curtail the present limits of Maryland. And yet 
that this was Lord Baltimore's conception of the extent of his 
territory is shown by a map which he sent over in 1649, and by 
records in Maryland and Virginia, which appear to have hitherto 
escaped notice.